You might have heard it in passing. Something extraordinary, of Biblical proportions even, is happening in our skys tomorrow (Saturday September 23).
There has been a lot of talk in the past about end-time prophesies, and the end of the world. 2012 was particularly widely discussed and by a lot of people, believed to be the year the Heavens would open for Jesus’ second coming.
This Saturday is however a bit different. A Biblical end-time prophesy is actually backed up by a scientific truth.
To make it clear, the world is not ending tomorrow. But a major sign prophesied to be one of the end-time prophesies is going to happen. In essence, tomorrow is being interpreted as the start of some kind of count down, more specifically the ‘7-year tribulation period’.
For this, we have to refer to Revelation 12 in the Bible.
Then God’s temple in heaven opened and in the temple could be seen the Ark of the Covenant. There were flashes of lightning and peals of thunder, an earthquake and a violent hailstorm. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Because she was with child, she wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky: it was a huge dragon, flaming red, with seven heads and ten horns; on his heads were seven diadems. His tail swept a third of the stars from the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, ready to devour her child when it should be born. She gave birth to a son — a boy destined to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and to His throne. The woman herself fled into the desert, where a special place had been prepared for her by God; there she was taken care of for 1260 days.
The Bible generally has a different concept of time from what we are accustomed to. But it can be argued that the flashes of lightning, peals of thunder and earthquake have been fulfilled in recent years. Even more specifically, the last month has seen 2 major hurricanes in the Americas, and as I type this, Mexico is dealing with the aftermath of an earthquake that has killed over 200 people.
And now scholars believe they have deciphered the meaning of ‘a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars.’
Obviously, you do not expect to spot an actual woman in the sky. Which has driven scholars to the most logical direction… astronomy. As a matter of fact, Genesis 1:14 categorically states that one of the purposes of heavenly bodies is ‘for signs’.
“Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,”
September 23 has been described by some people as the greatest, most detailed end time sign yet.
Basically, what will happen this Saturday is a constellation (formation) of heavenly bodies that if joined by lines, would form an image of the woman described by Revelation.
This planetary alignment is factual, and can be verified on Nasa website for tracking planetary objects. What is in question is the interpretation of the once in 7000 years* occurrence (That’s an estimate been thrown around).
Obviously, you will not be able to view the planetary alignment with your naked eyes.
The cast is quite familiar though. Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury, the moon and more importantly, the sun.
You’ll probably remember from your science class about the constellation Virgo (virgin). It is one of the 12 zodiac constellations, cataloged all the way back in the 2nd century. Basically, it is just a bunch of stars and other space objects that form what looks like an image of a woman. Of course the Greek had a flair for the dramatic so they assumed she was a virgin.
It so happens that on September 23, the sun and moon will join this constellation. And you wouldn’t guess in what positions. The sun will appear right behind the ‘woman’, but with its rays shining around her. Or perhaps as Revelation says, ‘clothed with the sun’.
At the same time, the moon will be at the feet of the constellation Virgo (the woman).
This image depicts that. The moon has been enlarged for visibility.
To be clear, the sun and moon been in those positions is not out of the ordinary. It happens a few times a year.
But there is more. Revelation adds, “Because she was with child, she wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.”
So where is this child?
Well, that’s where Jupiter comes in. It so happens that Jupiter has a long established connection with the Jewish nation/messiah. It has even been thought by some people to be one of the ‘stars’ that guided the wise men to Bethlehem.
On this day, Jupiter will get out of Virgo through the ‘feet’, after weirdly circling in the ‘womb’ for.. get this, 9-10 months. Almost the same time as a human gestation. This has been interpreted as ‘giving birth’. “she wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.”
There’s more. Revelation adds, “and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”
On this day, Leo constellation will be right on top of the Virgo. Leo forms the shape of a lion and is composed of 9 main stars.
But Revelation talks of 12 stars right? Well, that’s where it gets very interesting. For some reason, on September 23, the planets Mercury, Mars and Venus will align on the ‘head’ of Virgo, probably satisfying this Biblical prediction.
There are other dimensions, prophesies and calculations by end-time ‘theorists’, including calculating major global events that have happened in the past and might happen in the future, based on this date.
While most of every end-time prediction is guess work or conjecture, this is probably the only one I’ve seen that has what can be called as solid scientific or astronomy backing.
Obviously anyone who promises to tell you the day and time is lying. But Jesus was gracious enough to give his followers signs so they can prepare themselves.
Here’s a video explaining exactly what will happen.